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Arles Roman Amphitheatre

Arles Roman Amphitheatre

Founded in 90 AD the Arles Amphitheatre, an UNESCO World Heritage Site is a famous ancient Roman structure. Hugely popular with tourist visiting the city of Arles, the two-tiered structure with its more recently added towers dating from the medieval era is a 'must see attraction' in Provence. Read more...

The Palais Longchamp in Marseille

The Palais Longchamp in Marseille

A monument set in a park in Marseille, the Palais Longchamp houses the Musée des beaux-arts and Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille. Close to the port of Marseille, the Palais Longchamp constructed in 1862 with its notable gardens, recognised by the French Ministry of Culture. Read more...

The cobbled streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda

The cobbled streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda

Featuring the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France, Sarlat-la-Canéda with its prosperity was a reflection of the privileged status it was granted in return for loyalty to the French Crown during the 100 years war. Behind the nondescript rue de la République are narrow lanes and archways, and ancient ocher-coloured stone town houses rich in ornamental detail. Protected by law since 1962, Sarlat-la-Canéda's buildings now form an outdoor museum. Read more...

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the Côte d'Azur

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the Côte d'Azur

Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild who inherited from her father, Alphonse de Rothschild his immense fortune, purchased land overlooking the Bay of Villefranche and the Bay Beaulieu in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. In 1907 construction of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild began, managed by the chosen architect, Jacques-Marcel Auburtin. Read more...

Château d'If in the Bay of Marseille

Château d'If in the Bay of Marseille

Located in the Bay of Marseille, 1.5km off shore lies the Island of If. The uninhabited island with its high ramparts has the 3 storey 16th century fortress, Château d'If at its centre. Read more...

Promenade des Anglais on the Côte d'Azur

Promenade des Anglais on the Côte d'Azur

Take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Cannes and take in the famous sights. Take a photo on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals which every year in May, hosts the world famous Cannes Film Festival. Read more...

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille

This summer visit Marseille and discover the Cathédrale La Major (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille) with its Romanesque-Byzantine style architecture. Marseille Cathedral was designed by architect Léon Vaudoyer and Henri-Jacques Espérandieu and constructed between 1852 and 1896 in a 'Latin cross' configuration on the original foundations of the 'old Major’ that dates back to the 12th century. Read more...

Sénanque Abbaye near Gordes

Sénanque Abbaye near Gordes

Visit the Cistercian Abbaye, Sénanque Abbaye, situated near the famous village of Gordes in Vaucluse, Provence, today managed by monks. Sénanque Abbaye was founded in 1148 and features Romanesque architecture. Read more...

Lascaux caves near Montignac

Lascaux caves near Montignac

Lascaux caves, discovered in September 1940 by 4 teenagers who descended into the prehistoric caves, discovered cave paintings made by Paleolithic man, more than 17,000 years ago. Today visitors can visit a replica of the Lascaux caves, Lascaux II, which opened to the public in December 2016. Read more...

Make a splash in France this summer

Make a splash in France this summer

Start dreaming of having your family holiday somewhere in France. Pick your favourite private swimming pool. Read more...

Brantôme Abbey in the Dordogne

Brantôme Abbey in the Dordogne

Take a trip to Brantôme and visit the Benedcitine Abbey complete with troglodyte caves. Brantôme Abbey has history back to the 8th century, it has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries with the latest incarnation being built in the late 19th century. Read more...

Country Living in South-West France

Country Living in South-West France

350 year old renovated country home to rent, combines old and new interior design in South-West France. This renovated country home combines old and new interior design and features many authentic details like the original fireplaces, high ceilings with traditional oak beams and original wooden and tile floors. Read more...

Let there be light in the Languedoc-Roussillon

Let there be light in the Languedoc-Roussillon

What is the most important element of architectural design? Architectural design with natural light and wonderful reflections. Read more...

Luxury Loire living rooms

Luxury Loire living rooms

Choose a luxury living room style in your French holiday home in the Loire this summer. Check out our selection of Pure France holiday properties that offers guests, luxury furnishing and surroundings with all the comforts of home in the Loire region of France. Read more...

A bubbly Summer at Loft du Vigneron

A bubbly Summer at Loft du Vigneron

Enjoy afternoon tea with bubbly in April or May 2019 in a fully renovated, former wine-maker's property with private pool (11m x 4.5m). The property is located in the village of Rieux-Minervois in the heart of the Minervois vineyards. Carcassonne 30 minutes and Mediterranean beaches 60 minutes at Narbonne-Plage. Read more...

Gorge du Verdon in Provence

Gorge du Verdon in Provence

The Gorge du Verdon is a famous canyon with white-water rapids in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region of France. The Verdon River has carved it way through the limestone mass and in places to a depth to over 700 metres. Hire a canoe and drift down the Verdon River and discover its past. Read more...

La Roque-Gageac in the Dordogne

La Roque-Gageac in the Dordogne

Known as being one of the most beautiful villages in France, La Roque-Gageac is situated on the North bank of the Dordogne River. The village is hugely popular with tourists during the summer season with many bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink or a meal. Read more...

Collioure in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Collioure in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Collioure is a particularly chic and picturesque seaside town on the Mediterranean coast between Perpignan and the Spanish border. Collioure offers holiday makers Mediterranean beaches and many, many traditional, pavement and beach-side restaurants and café bars. Read more...

Anyone for snooker?

Anyone for snooker?

A perfect combination of relaxation and activity. Our holiday rental properties offer great facilities and many have games such as snooker, pool, table tennis, table football and boules. See our selection of self-catering family homes which all have snooker table. Read more...

Lérins Islands near Cannes

Lérins Islands near Cannes

Take the 15 minutes or so boat trip from Mandelieu-La Napoule in Cannes, across to the two Lérins Islands. The larger of the two, Sainte-Marguerite island offers its visitors 22 kilometres of pathways to explore. Read more...

The New Town in Carcassonne

The New Town in Carcassonne

Here's what to see in the 'Ville Basse' of Carcassonne. The new town of Carcassonne offers, shops, bars, restaurants and markets and the lower town (Ville Basse) or 'new town' is where you head, to return to the modern world, although there are still buildings dating back to medieval times. Read more...

Inside Out - Part 4

Inside Out - Part 4

Languedoc living turned inside out. Final part of our series form the owner of the Loft du Vigneron, a 3 bed holiday rental home in a wine-producing village in the Languedoc-Roussilon (now called Occitanie). The terrace is finished and the lovely ambience and views can be enjoyed! Read more...

Renovation Revelation

Renovation Revelation

Restoring a wonderful wine domaine to beyond it's former glory. How the owner of Domaine de Nérige discovered a love of renovating houses with the restoration of this fabulous holiday rental country home near Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Read more...

The Medieval City in Carcassonne

The Medieval City in Carcassonne

Step back in time in the old city of Carcassonne. Visit La Cité, the world famous walled medieval city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Read more...

Marineland on the Côte d'Azur

Marineland on the Côte d'Azur

Explore the lagoon, adventure golf, aquasplash, kid's island and interact with the many fascinating animals in Marineland. Enjoy a day relaxing on a sunbed on a sandy beach beneath palmtrees, beside the dolphin lagoon. Read more...